Boston Red Sox defeat Chicago White Sox, 8-5

This may be as close as it comes to a harmonic convergence on Yawkey Way, on a day that hardly could have been sweeter for the Red Sox even if Julian Tavarez -- a man who just lost his starting job -- hadn't happily sprayed his expensive Parisian cologne around the clubhouse as if it were drugstore air freshener.

The 8-5 win over the White Sox yesterday, the one Jonathan Papelbon saved after loading the bases with none out in the ninth? That was only the most obvious in...